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What does it mean to be double board certified doctor and why does it matter to you?

When you’re looking for a doctor, we understand that it can be an overwhelming process. There are so many out there with different specialties, a confusing jumble of letters around their name, and a lot of terms that might just seem like fluff. To make this process a little easier, here’s a breakdown on what it means to have a double board certified surgeon, and why you should care.

To begin, a board-certified surgeon means a doctor that has taken and passed a difficult board exam. The board exam is an intensive set of questions focused on the particular type of surgery the doctor specializes in. This involves both a written test and an oral examination. In these questions, the physician will need to prove that he or she has a full understanding of his or her specialty. It is a difficult and impressive achievement for surgeons, involving years of rigorous studying and training for all situations that may be presented in the board exam. After passing the exam, a surgeon must stay up to date with classes or training sessions to continue to be on top of the most updated techniques and schools of thought.

As the name suggests, double board certified means that a doctor completed not only one, but two extensive and all-encompassing tests. This second certification usually comes after completing a fellowship in the area of focus. For Dr. Khan at the Executive Plastic Surgery and Hand Center, he has double board certification in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. After completing his residency, he studied and practiced for an additional three year fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Detroit Medical Center.

By achieving this specific combination of board certifications, Dr. Khan is able to give his plastic surgery patients a more well-rounded perspective and take into account the patient as a whole. Dr. Khan always wants to be sure that surgery is the right decision for his patients, and with his years of experience, he’s able to give grounded advice to be certain his patients will have the outcomes they desire.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, when it comes to your body, no one knows it better than you. If something is off, you want to be sure your doctor will not only listen to you, but also have the skillset to guide you in the right direction. With surgeons who took the time and considerable amount of training to become double board certified, you know you’re going to receive advice based on years of experience in both a wider field of study and a precise field. A double board certified physician has an ability to come at a problem or issue with two expert perspectives, rather than just one. And when something isn’t right with your body, wouldn’t you want someone who will consider all your options with you?

If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, Dr. Khan provides free in-office consultations in which he will answer any and all questions that you may have. While you chat about your needs, be sure to express concerns and goals. Our responsibility at each of our offices is to make our patients feel comfortable and safe. Call Executive Plastic Surgeon to discuss your surgery options and goals today: 734-419-1615


26850 Providence Pkwy Ste 125

Novi, MI 48374

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